If you are experiencing jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing or speaking due to a tense or stiff jaw muscle, you could have a disorder with your temporomandibular joint known as TMJ/TMD. At Clermont Family Dentistry & Dentures, Dr. Buechele can diagnose and treat most TMJ/TMD cases, providing you with relief from pain and discomfort.
What Is TMJ/TMD?
Temporomandibular joint disorder, TMJ/TMD for short, is a dysfunction of the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is located directly underneath your ear, and is responsible for allowing you to speak, eat, chew, and move your jaw.
If this joint becomes inflamed, infected, or otherwise damaged, you can experience a number of painful symptoms, including radiating pain from your jaw, headaches, jaw stiffness and soreness, “popping” and “clicking” sounds, and difficulty chewing properly.
What Causes TMJ/TMD?
Because TMJ/TMD refers to any dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint, there are many different causes of this disorder. One of the most common causes is overuse of the jaw. If you clench or grind your teeth, or chew a lot of gum, your temporomandibular joint could become strained, resulting in pain and discomfort.
Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases can also cause TMJ/TMD, if the joint becomes inflamed and begins to degrade. The disorder can also be caused by an impact injury.
To understand the cause of your TMJ/TMD and treat it, you need to see a professional such as Dr. Mundi Buechele for an exam and consultation.
What Are My Treatment Options For TMJ/TMD?
Treatment options depend on the cause of your disorder. Lifestyle changes are often recommended for those who overuse their jaw. A mouthguard may also be prescribed to prevent damage to the teeth and gums if you grind your teeth.
For disorders caused by arthritis or other inflammatory disease, prescription medication or corticosteroid injections may be required. Cases of TMJ/TMD caused by injuries will often resolve on their own with proper rest, but surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure and restore the joint, in rare cases.
Schedule A Consultation With Dr. Buechele Today
If you are experiencing significant jaw pain or other symptoms of TMJ/TMD, Dr, Buechelle can help!. Even if you do not have a problem with your temporomandibular joint, any kind of jaw pain indicates that another serious issue may be present, and you should consider a consultation right away.
At our office, you’ll receive high-quality dental care in a comfortable environment. Dr. Buechele will diagnose your condition and help you understand your options for restoring the health of your jaw. Contact us at (352) 242-1763 to get started, or come to our office at 12344 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711.